Imaginary friend Budo narrates this heartwarming story of love, loyalty, and the power of the imagination - the perfect read for anyone who has ever had a friend...real or otherwise.
Budo is lucky as imaginary friends go. He's been alive for more than five years, which is positively ancient in the world of imaginary friends. But Budo feels his age, and thinks constantly of the day when eight-year-old Max Delaney will stop believing in him. When that happens, Budo will disappear.
Max is different from other children. Some people say that he has Asperger’s Syndrome, but most just say he’s "on the spectrum". None of this matters to Budo, who loves Max and is charged with protecting him from the class bully, from awkward situations in the cafeteria, and even in the bathroom stalls. But he can’t protect Max from Mrs. Patterson, the woman who works with Max in the Learning Center and who believes that she alone is qualified to care for this young boy.
When Mrs. Patterson does the unthinkable and kidnaps Max, it is up to Budo and a team of imaginary friends to save him - and Budo must ultimately decide which is more important: Max’s happiness or Budo's very existence. Narrated by Budo, a character with a unique ability to have a foot in many worlds - imaginary, real, child, and adult - Memoirs of an Imaginary Friend touches on the truths of life, love, and friendship as it races to a heartwarming...and heartbreaking conclusion.
©2012 Matthew Dicks (P)2012 Macmillan Audio
Yes, I loved the storyline and thought the narration was perfect--you really feel like Budo is sitting next to you talking to you!
It's going to draw obvious comparisons to Room because of the child-like narration and the "child in jeopardy" storyline, but I think Memoirs of an Imaginary Friend is a quirkier and sweeter book (though not obnoxiously so).
I absolutely loved this book, and would recommend listening to it on audio if at all possible--the narration was great! The story is told by Budo, the imaginary friend of eight-year-old Max. Budo has a surprising preoccupation with his own mortality, as he's lived a lot longer than most imaginary friends he's met and has watched some of his closest friends disappear once their children no longer need them. Max's Asperger's Syndrome has led him to continue to rely on Budo for years, but Max's parents and teachers are constantly pushing Max to engage more with the "real" world, and this makes Budo very nervous. He absolutely loves Max and wants the best for him, but is terrified by the prospect of "poofing" out of existence and being forgotten. When Max is placed in extreme jeopardy and seems to need Budo more than ever, Budo faces some VERY tough choices about what to do. The book is incredibly imaginative and Budo's world is peopled with a wide range of memorable friends, both imaginary and real. And it's a tearjerker...I think I cried throughout the entire final hour of the audiobook!
The most novel approach thus far, I loved the perspective of an imaginary friend. I also felt that the author's background (teacher) provided a unique insight to on children that are often difficult to love because they do not respond in predictable ways.
Indomitable Will a biography of LBJ by Mark Updegrove (sp?). Both books use creative approaches in assiting the reader in gaining insights on the mindset of the main character. Mark's book provides insights on LBJ via the impressions of the participants engaged with LBJ. Dickes book uses the suppositions of the imaginary friends regarding the motivations of thier human friends. I felt Dickes book humanized that spectrum of autisim. I thought it also makes a compelling argument regarding the beneficial societal aspects of thoughtful approaches to mainstreaming children with challenges while at the same time providing a cautionary tale regarding the special protections required for the most vuneralbe children.
I loved the narrator.
The book opened me up to the wonder and magic of childhood imagination. It is also a caution regarding how we must really touch back with young ones to ensure that we understand how they are processing confusing experiences.
The characters are a little lilmited and stilted but I suspect this is to remind us that the worldview of a child is simplistic.
The story was somewhat suspenseful but too easy to predict the ending.
I would probably consider it depending on the subject. He has a good imagination.
He successfully reminded me the way the way a child thinks
It is interesting and pretty fast paced. The author took enough time to make me feel something for the characters.
I enjoyed the story even though its a little schmaltzy.
This was not at all what I was expecting. It was so much more ! The author has a wonderful insight with regard to the mind of children like Max. Anyone who reads this should come away with a better understanding of their needs.
I highly recommend this book. It was so well written and the story kept me on the edge of my seat. It was a unique story and though it has been almost two years since I heard it the first time. i think of it often.
It would depend on the friend's interests, but this is not a book I would recommend to everyone.
The imaginary friends were very interesting. The story was just very slow and took a long time to get through.
Not as long as it took to get through. I like the story, but I think it could have been told in less words/less time.
This was a tough listen. I wanted to get through it but it took me a very long time (months) because it just wasn't capturing my interest. It was very slow and boring at first. I did enjoy the story overall, but it was hard to get through.
Really original story and it kept my attention. Encompassed autism in a particular child exceptionally well. suspenseful but heart warming too. Loved it.
Excellent. I thoroughly enjoyed it and appreciated it's unique way of bringing perspective to autism and life. I wish it had left the F words out. It would be a beneficial read for my students!
OVERALL IMPRESSION: I actually really enjoyed this book. I hadn't heard of it before, but I'm glad that I gave it a listen, because it was great. I loved the narrator. His voice was easy to listen to and fit with the characters well. The concept of the story is really interesting. I've never read anything from a perspective like this before and it was very well done. The story line itself was interesting and exciting. There were funny moments, touching moments, sad moments and suspenseful moments. This book had it all and was a great all-around read.
CHARACTERS: Budo was such a great character. I loved seeing the world though his eyes and watching him change throughout the story.
COVER: I like how it's blurred out. It fits with the idea of this imaginary friend and the possibility of them fading over time.
Haven't read the print, but I really enjoyed the narration, so I'll just say yes.
When I was listening to him play the main character, I totally forgot I was listening to some random man. When he was playing Max or the other imaginary friends, I forgot they were all technically the same person. Every character had a distinct image in my head.
The reunion. I cried the happiest tears a book has ever made me cry.
I love the angle of this book. I thought it might be cheesy, but it was really well planned out. Just read it; ad some creative happiness to your life.
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